One of several Hornet, feeding on Ivy – Felbrigg Park
We were guests at the St John’s harvest lunch yesterday. Lovely meal and engaging company – thanks to Connie for inviting us. In the afternoon I spent a couple of hours in the park, managing to dodge the showers. As I walked down the central path towards the lake a distant loose flock of about 25 thrushes flew high, west, over the Great Wood. I couldn’t hear them call but, from their general jizz, I thought they were probably Redwing. Pretty much the same wildfowl on the lake as yesterday, with fewer Wigeon though – I did see Coot and heard Water Rail squealing from the reed-bed. I spent some time at what remains of the hedgerow below the dam. There were a few wary migrant Blackbirds, several late Hornet feeding on Ivy flowers and a lone dragonfly which, from the brief views I got, looked like Migrant Hawker. Another flock of thrushes passed over, going west – definitely Redwing. I’d just exited the park through the back gate when I heard the distinctive hoarse chatter of a group of yet more Redwing, perched in the nearby Ash trees. I counted thirteen in total before they took flight and headed off towards the church. Looking at the NENBC website, there were a few records from this area yesterday – about a week later than the first arrivals last year.
Redwing flock, flying high, west, over the lake – record shot only!
I was lying awake this morning at 05.30 – still haven’t quite shaken off the jet-lag, when I heard the familiar call of Little Owl from somewhere close-by. An unexpected but welcome garden tick!